Are you lost?
What if you are rich and asked to make a choice? And it’s between your worldly treasure and God? Which would you choose? Anyone would say they don’t mind having both, who wouldn’t? But, is it really possible to kill two birds with one stone? And what if both are flying opposite directions? So is the same with these two choices here, your worldly treasure and God. If you choose to keep your worldly treasure than God, then don’t you think it will be too heavy laden to fly together with them to heaven to meet God when the time comes? What’s more, God is not interested in welcoming all your earthly treasure as they are of no value to Him. He is only interested in welcoming your soul so that heaven can rejoice because you’ve been lost but now is found. Are you?
If you choose to have God than your worldly treasure, well then, that is the greatest and bravest decision you would have had ever made. It’s the most important decision that would definitely please God immensely. And not forgetting, it’s a decision that would definitely kill the Devil who would have killed you otherwise…spiritually, of course! It is not a hard decision to make. Is it not? It’s either you kill God or you kill the Devil with a simple decision.
So do you see better now? For having opened your eyes, now you deserve a hearty congratulation and all hats off to you. But here’s the hardest part that you have to come to terms with. There’s always a price to pay in everything, be it good or evil. Here’s the toughie! Are you ready to give up all your heavy laden worldly treasure you’re carrying on your back and leave them behind for the poor and needy? By doing so, you’re actually laying the real treasure up in heaven instead. This way, there’s no burden to carry especially, the earthly heavy laden load, by the time you have finished your good works on earth. God and His angels shall be anxiously waiting to welcome you home from all the pain, sufferings and sacrifices that you made and gone through to lay up your real treasure in heaven. If you want to know how to lay up your real treasure in heaven, you have to consult our Good Master by continue reading all the treasures that are found in the book called, The Bible.
“Who, then can be saved?”
Do you ask this question? It’s a question that almost everyone just could not resist to ask. Could you? Why is this question so important? As long as anyone is still existing in flesh and blood, it would somehow at some point in their life, be inevitable to ask this same question that more than two thousand years ago, some followers of a very important person, asked. It doesn’t matter who or where you are, because it’s only human nature being poignant about something that concerns our destiny. Don’t everybody want to know where we are going to end up one day? When we are no longer in flesh and blood? So it’s not something new. Is it? But then again, here is the good news! There is already an answer to this controversial question. It’s the most wonderful answer everyone would exceedingly be amazed at…only especially for “some” who are not and still think it’s impossible at the end of the day.
Who are these, “some” people?
These, “some” people out there who regrettably are either confused, ignorant or worse, only assuming or following what most religions are teaching, actually believe they can “create” their own salvation without God’s help. As much as they would like think that salvation was bought with a price, it is as easy as when a person needs only to give money towards benevolence, one would be “forgiven” or “redeemed” for any wrongs done. Perhaps…even for murder?
Hence, a person is on the “safe” side as long as one is doing the “right” thing as in doing charity, whatever debts of sin would be erased for good. And, of course, if especially it could be substantiated by the media splashing out big photos and trumpeting about the big shots “doing the right thing” in major newspapers, the better it would be.
One latest example that is starting to become popular is by pledging to give “half of the assets” to charity organizations in their lifetime. Many of these so-called self-made “saints” thought that, by contributing (using money) towards benevolence, it would somehow serve as a backup “inducement” for the much-needed clemency that would not likely see the light of day if having to go the proper channel.
Amusingly, it does not matter anymore even if they bypassed (short-cut) the only salvation offered by the Good Master and endorsed by the Almighty God. It is also “a means to an end” (money talks better) for not having to answer for their wrongs done in the past or whatever sin committed. And, having performed such “expensive ritual”, (half their life-savings gone) that means only one thing. Such generous gesture would surely have “cleaned up” all the mess. How so? Are we kidding ourselves or what? And what followed then is, one can sleep 100% soundly knowing that God would certainly have no problem approving such act of kindness. Is that right? Yes, of course that’s right…but only that it’s “half-boiled” right!
God is very fair and gracious but also He could be full of wrath when people are fooling around with Him using the name of “charity” in vain. He also is an “extremist” as He expected perfection even from his only begotten Son, who is also being addressed as the Good Master here, because He had made it very clear in Luke 11:23 saying…..“He that is not with me is against me.” So, does pledging to give “half of the assets” mean one is with Him already? Is it that simple and easy? That money speaks louder than the sacrifice of the Lamb?
Does anyone think it sounds like good news to God if one’s allegiance to him is “half-boiled” only? Because if you’re “half-boiled” kind, it’s only fair that you’re also “half-boiled” saved. Does that sound good to you? Is it any surprise then if you’re told you’re still not 100% qualified to enter the kingdom of God? Is the question, “who then, can be saved” not your riddle to solve for the rest of your life? If so, had you not better start to reconcile with God through the Good Master 100% (the proper channel) to get it all settled and be done with?
Are you the rich man?
There’s a parable about a rich man who was somewhat worried about his future “treasure” on the other side. He had no problem whatsoever living with his present treasure on this side. Although he was very rich but he knew too well there’s something that money just can’t buy…which for example is the entrance into the kingdom of God. He didn’t know what it will cost. He wanted to know if he could still be enjoying an everlasting life hereafter. He must have somehow, come to his senses that it could be something that is too good to miss out on. So naturally, he was rather concern whether such a promise is possible or not. After having heard of a man from Galilee who spoke with profound wisdom and about the promise of the kingdom of God to come, he wasted no time. He came and asked, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life”? And the Good Master answered him saying, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. The rich man then asked him, “Which?” The Good Master said, “Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” The young rich man replied back, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet”? The Good Master then saith to him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” But when the young rich man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. The Good Master then said to his disciples, “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then, can be saved?
What is the moral of the story?
For a start, many people especially the rich would feel the pinch if asked to give away everything they own. Who wouldn’t? But that’s the price to pay for something that no amount of money can measure with the only thing that had to come from the rich man. And that is FAITH. That’s exactly what the rich man in this story had failed to have in God! That’s why the Good Master told his astonished disciples saying, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” What does that mean? It means if anyone who is willing to forsake everything and followed the Good Master, the person shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. Are you game?
When we humans gave any promises, we can either renegade or procrastinate until doomsday because we are weak and vulnerable. We are easily controlled by the Devil especially when we don’t have a relationship with God. But when God gave a promise, there is no cause for concern because it had been proven before. When God put a rainbow in the sky and promised never to wipe out people by flood again, the promise is still there every time you see the rainbow appearing in the sky. At least now you know we all don’t have to end up drowning. But too bad those who drowned in the flood was because they were arrogant and unrepentant in Noah’s time. So now, don’t blame God for any major flood that would be happening and say it’s God’s will. It is not. It’s all our own doing that caused all the climate changes. Because of that, now the weather all gone haywire. We are the victims of our own device. God is not dead and so is any of His promises. Be a real human being like the Good Master and don’t be dead to his call to repent now. This planet is not holding out for long waiting for you to repent. Besides, you never even know how long your “own world” will last. Do you? So now, do you manifest your FAITH 100% in your worldly possessions or God?
Are you of little faith?
Here’s another parable about a rich man who was more than concern about his treasure on this side of the divide. He was so obsessed with all of what he possessed that he started to worry about losing them or risk benefiting others. And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? There was nothing else on his mind except to think of finding a solution to keep them in tight security so that he can have access to them when he wanted to. And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. And the Good Master said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what you shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? If then God so clothe the grass, which is to-day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye first the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you – Matthew 6:33.
What is the moral of the story?
Do you know what’s the biggest problem with human beings? FEAR! People are always fearful…especially those who are very rich. It is not surprising that they will fear more for their wealth than God. They will always find the best kind of protection to make sure their wealth would not disappear or lost. And the more they have, the more they can generate simply because of the fact that money makes money. Of course they have the right to worry over all their possessions and do what they want with it. And of course, having lots of money doesn’t mean they have to go around distributing their wealth. But little did they know. If money can make them to become somebody in one way, it can also break them in another way because there’s always two side of a coin to look at. A rich man may look good on the outside with all the grand possessions, but nobody knows what is rotting inside. Only God knows!
Undeniably, when people becomes rich, something very likely will happen. They do not have God in their minds, hearts and souls exactly like the person depicted in the parable. Why? Because that’s when the Devil seizes the opportunity to enter inside them and make sure that greed will outgrow the Word of God entering their hearts. Then, they easily become blind and deaf to the call of laying up the real treasures in heaven because they were already deceived by the Devil that their worldly treasures are already good enough to live gloriously by if it’s unopposed by him. So why should they give up all that they “worked” so hard for and follow the commandments of the Good Master that will lead to nothing but sufferings instead? You’d be saying, “Are you kidding me?” Who would want to suffer or worse be persecuted or even get killed for the sake of the Good Master when one can simply enjoy life to the fullest with all the worldly treasure while it last? Don’t make sense? Yes, of course it doesn’t. No, it does. It depends on whose side are you. It will not make sense to you…if you do not ‘see’ what’s the real treasure that the Good Master was talking about. It does not make sense to you…if you do not ‘have’ what it takes to earn that ‘real’ treasure that the Good Master was talking about. The ‘real’ treasure that the Good Master was talking about is not here on earth because nothing ever last. Can you anyway? The ‘real’ treasure that can last forever goes to you and only if you are able to conceive and believe that you ‘have’ it (Refer to Good News post). It’s an invisible force so powerful it can spur you to continue the good work of a sower in sowing the seed which is the Word of God because that’s what saves people from falling into the eternal darkness and sufferings that the Devil exactly wants for you and all humans to fall into just by holding on to your worldly treasure. Does it make sense now?
Even if it does make sense to you now, it may still not come as a piece of good news to you though. Why? Something unpleasant and unavoidable will happen exactly as what happened to the young rich man in the parable. After hearing this, he went away sorrowful for he had great possessions and unwilling to part with it and follow the Good Master in exchange for the ‘real’ lasting treasure that is waiting for him. He was so near, yet so far.
The final verdict: Are you found?
Will you be the same like the young rich man too…walking away sorrowful? Are you so near, yet so far away?
Would you be like the disciples earning a throne in the kingdom of heaven for having forsaken everything without second thoughts?
Then answered Peter and said unto him, “Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have?” And the Good Master said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” ( Matthew 19: 27 & 28).